Question of the Week: Is spray tanning right for me?

Millions of people have turned to spray tanning to get that beautiful, bronze, kissed-by-the sun look. Since modern research has determined that it is unsafe to lie out in the sun for extended lengths of time, spray tanning has become a very popular alternative. To help aid in your decision to tan or not to tan, let’s define what spray tanning is, what its benefits and disadvantages are, and some safety concerns. Let’s also review pricing and how to prepare for your tanning service.

What it is: Spray tanning is a sunless form of self-tanning where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body to produce an artificial suntan. The main active ingredient in the mist, which reacts to your skin on contact, is a chemical called DHA (dihydroxyacetone). In the 1920’s German scientist noted that when DHA was applied to the skin’s surface, it turned brown. Over the next 30 years research continued, and many physicians began treating vitiligo patients with DHA.

Application: The spray tan mist can be applied by different devices. For example, one application is in a booth. These specially-designed booths have several nozzles or jets that spray the entire body with the tanning solution. Another method is manually spraying the body with an airbrush gun. Finally, the last method is applying the spray tan by hand via a bottle.

Pros and Cons: Everyone has slightly different skin chemistry. You’ll really need to experiment a bit to see what works best for you. Many clients have found that tanning booths do not distribute color evenly, and sometimes even leave streaks. Tan in a bottle by using a spray, lotion or gel can also be time consuming and take longer to dry. Tanning with the use of a spray gun or airbrush by a technician seems to be the most accurate way to tan, because a technician applying the tan has more control over coverage and it dries fairly quickly. Most tans will last about seven days, so unfortunately, this isn’t a permanent solution.

Safety: Spray tanning is safe, but overexposure to DHA through inhalation can be harmful. Be careful and follow any recommended safety regarding frequency and application. The spa should offer nose plugs or mask to protect you during the service. Be prepared to allow your tan to set for 8-12 hours. During this time, showering, bathing or sweating should be avoided. Spray tans DO NOT protect against UVA and UVB rays, so don’t forget the sunscreen next time you are outside.

Price: The average price of a spray tan is between $30-50 or higher. Most locations offer packages of multiple tans to save you money–the single cost of a tan is usually cheaper in a package of three or six. Also, be sure to check for discounts and specials that could reduce the price significantly.

Dos and Don’ts: Complete all you’re shaving and waxing before your appointment. Depending on how your skin reacts to shaving or waxing, you may want to do this two days before your tan. Your tan will last longer if it has fresh skin to adhere to, so exfoliate your entire body with loofa sponges or salt; sugar scrubs are also great for shedding excess dead cells. Finally, make sure the body is free of any oils, moisturizers, deodorants, and makeup. If not removed, the tanning spray will sit on top of these products and be washed away during bathing.

Spray tanning is an excellent option for those special occasions when you need a splash of color. Beach vacations, weddings, proms or “just because” are perfect opportunity for sunless tanning. As always, do your research–I’m sure the perfect kissed-by-the-sun glow is right around the corner.

Question of the Week: How do I choose between a medical spa and a day spa?


As a licensed esthetician who has worked in both day and medical spa arenas, I’m often asked one question: how do I know if I should be treating at a day spa or a medical spa? To help answer this question, let’s define the difference between the two by describing the goals, missions and services offered by each.

The mission and goal of both day and medical spas are very similar. Both are businesses that provide a variety of services for the purpose of improving health, beauty and relaxation through personal care treatments. The menus may also be very similar and provide a variety of the same services. However, there is a very important difference between the two: a medical spa is a combination of a medical clinic and a day spa that operates under the supervision of a highly trained and specialized medical doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. Medical spas treat a variety of skin conditions on the face and body such as brown or sun spots, redness, fine lines, wrinkles and other serious conditions that cannot be treated effectively by a traditional esthetician. Medical spas also use and sell medical grade skincare products. These products have a higher concentration of active ingredients and can penetrate down into the dermis where new cells are generated. Some time ago, clients were hesitant about attending medical spas because their atmosphere was very clinical and sterile, much like a doctor’s office. However, a lot has changed in recent years and medical spas are now creating a more relaxed, therapeutic environment that allows for a more positive experience.

Medical spa menus may vary but most of them offer services such as laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, IPL treatments, photofacials, injectables such as BOTOX and dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Voluma, aggressive chemical peels, skin tightening or skin rejuvenation. Medical spas also offer non-invasive treatments such as facials, waxing, microdermabrasion and massage. Day spa menus offer non-invasive treatments as well but do not offer laser services, injectables, or aggressive chemical peels. Clients who choose more aggressive treatments typically notice results much sooner than clients who select non-invasive services. For example, a client who wants to reduce fine lines and wrinkles may decide on BOTOX. Minimal results can be seen in as little as 3 days and maximum results can be achieved in 14 days. This same client who decided to treat this issue at a day spa would not have the option of BOTOX. The esthetician would likely recommend a topical product such as a moisturizer or serum. Although topical products are very beneficial, the results can be slower and will require the client to be consistent and patient.

To aid in your decision of choosing a spa, it’s important to be clear about what services will help you achieve optimal results. For clients who do not require invasive treatments and are not treating a serious skin condition, day spas are the way to go. However, if you are a client who has started the ageing process or may be treating acne and require more advanced treatments a medical spa would be the best option. In a nutshell, both day and medical spas offer a wide range of spa services designed to achieve total body wellness. They both offer relaxing environments geared to help each client attain maximum results. Remember, regardless of your decision, never allow a non-medical, unlicensed person perform a medical procedure. Do plenty of research and ask questions. I’m sure that in no time, you will have chosen a spa that’s just perfect for you.



Birthday Parties At Kai For Your Tween



Looking for a unique birthday party idea? Alexa and her friends did mini makeovers and introduction to skincare at Kai for her birthday. Thank you Alexa and to your mom, Veronica for having your birthday party at Kai! We love sharing basic skincare tips and fresh makeup ideas! Happy Birthday Alexa! XOXO, grace

How To Look Great On An Evening Out



Our spray tans were popular this spring–from prom to Cinco de Mayo, nothing beats a little color to accent your natural beauty. Above is one of our happy clients who got so many compliments at her event because her tan was so natural looking. Here is the text that I received:

“Hi Grace! Prom was last night, Annie got her beautiful tan at Kai on Thursday. She wanted me to tell you that she LOVED Kimberly! She got LOTS of compliments on her tan!”  -Lynn

Thank you so much Annie and Lynn!  XOXO


Christin Burdette: Guest Blog Post

Christin Burdette is a Master Lash Artist, Lash Trainer & Professional Makeup Artist with Jane Iredale.  She joins the team at Kai with more than eight years of fashion, mineral makeup and eyelash extension experience.  Her clients range from high profile entertainers, NFL cheerleaders, executives to time-constrained moms.  She had worked exclusively with Jane Iredale for the past seven years, and we are delighted to host a guest blog so that she can talk about her innovative eyelash extensions & soon to come makeup tips & tricks.

Client: How long do lash extensions last?

Chris10: A full set of lash extensions usually lasts about a month. For someone maintaining them I recommend you come for a relash every 3 weeks to keep them full and fluffy. Some just come to me a couple of times a year for full sets each time for events, etc. If you like them, the most cost effective way is to leave them on and not have to pay for full sets several times a year.

I love educating so here goes…

Just like the hair on our head, our lashes shed & regrow. We typically shed 20-30 lashes, per eye, per month (for the first few sets you consistently wear).

Everyday when your lashes are exposed to mascara (even the best quality and most pure products like I use & recommend, Jane Iredale) the lashes are traumatized. The act of applying the mascara daily or often causes lashes to shed prematurely. The mascara being left on all day dry the lashes out to keep them in place. Then, possibly the most traumatic part of the day for your lashes is the removal process in the evenings. With Jane Iredale all of our clients own Magic Mitts which remove
all of your makeup (even waterproof mascara and liner) with just the soft mitt & water. This is the best method to removing mascara but not everyone uses a magic mitt, unfortunately. The most common are oil based makeup removers which can be too heavy if any is left on the lashes overnight and not rinsed and removed properly.

With that being said… It does usually take your natural lashes a couple of months to get very full and healthy again after your first set has been applied. This is why, for best results, I like to see you every 3 weeks for the first 3 months. After that 3 month period you start to shed less & your lashes last longer & look more full at all times!

No mascara is needed and most do not even feel like they need eyeliner.

A long answer to a simple question! Knowledge & understanding the process is very helpful in understanding if lash extensions are a fit for someone’s lifestyle!


Removing Stretch Marks With Laser Technology


Nobody likes stretch marks. What purpose do they serve, anyway? To remind us that we once had gorgeous, smooth skin? What a cruel trick of nature.

Most people treat stretch marks with lotions and creams, unknowing that there are other types of treatments available. But as famous people like Cindy Crawford and Halle Berry know, the most effective way to reduce or get rid of them is through laser therapy. The reason the stars use this is because it actually works to make your skin look better.

Laser beams sound like science fiction, blasting your skin and making it smoother while reducing stretch mark coloring. There are a few different types of lasers that are used to help minimize stretch marks — the pulsed dye laser and fractional laser therapy are two of the most common (Kai uses the state-of-the-art Fraxel machine, which is a fractional type of laser.) Both types of laser therapy use wavelengths of light to stimulate new growth of collagen and elastin, meaning hello new skin, goodbye stretch marks.

The laser makes small “injuries” in the skin (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt) where the stretch marks are leaving normal, untreated skin in between. The untreated skin creates a response in the body that helps heal the treated area quickly, replacing it with new, healthy skin. We’ve seen great results.

Please contact us if you’re interested in a free consultation; we’d love to tell you more about how laser therapy can treat a variety of skin conditions.

Question of the Week: What About Permanent Hair Removal for Men?

Ooh, this may be a delicate question for some of you. After all, it’s only been over the last decade or so that women’s hair removal has become the topic of dinner conversations. Since we have more and more men approaching us about ridding themselves of unwanted hair, this seems like a good subject for a Question of the Week.

Hair can be removed in a variety of ways, but here at Kai we use two popular methods: waxing and laser therapy.

1. Waxing

To remove hair with wax, we apply warm wax to the spot of hair you want removed and then pull off the wax with a quick whisking motion.

Pros: inexpensive, quick, effective on all hair colors, little recovery, safe for most skin types

Cons: not permanent; requires regular maintenance for desired effect


2. Lasers

Laser therapy involves first numbing the skin in the area of unwanted hair, and then shooting a laser beam at the hair follicles to render them useless. This procedure can take 6 -8 treatments to completely eliminate hair.

Pros: permanent, eliminates the need to shave or wax

Cons: multiple treatments over the course of 6-12 months, can be expensive, does not work on all hair colors, possible skin reactions


Bottom line:

Many guys have hair that they want removed. Common problem spots are the back or chest, but did you know that many men are now getting parts or all of their face lasered? For men who have no interest in facial hair or just want to remove problem spots (neck or chin or cheek area), hair removal is rising in popularity. Many men have tough beards prone to skin irritation from daily shaving or a propensity to get ingrown hair, and laser hair removal can be a godsend. We would be happy to give you a free consultation and let you know what might work best for you.


Question of the Week: What Is A Chemical Peel?

Let’s face it (no pun intended), a chemical peel sounds SCARY.

But it’s actually a great way to rejuvenate the skin on your neck, face, or hands. What happens is that a chemical lotion is applied to your skin, which makes it “blister” and eventually peel, leaving behind smoother, fresh, clean skin.

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These results-oriented treatments are the ultimate in skin rejuvenation. Peels promote cellular turnover, maximize skin’s elasticity, reduce the appearance of sun damage, hyper pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. These peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands; other results can be:

  • Reduced fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Improved appearance of mild scars
  • Treatable for certain types of acne
  • Reduced age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
  • Improved look and feel of skin

A series of treatments will give you long lasting results that are non-invasive.

We have a lot of different organic peels to choose from: vitalize, salicylic, rejuvenize, vi peel, glyocolic, pomegranate, and other seasonal or special items. Peels are popular because THEY WORK. And we have a lot of different “flavors” to choose from. We’d love to give you a free consultation on this treatment–we promise you’ll love the results.

Contact us today for your free, expert consultation.


Question of the Week: What is a microdermabrasion?

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Such a big word! But such a GREAT treatment for your skin.

We get asked about this all the time, so today I thought I’d take a minute and tell you more about a “microderm”.

You can basically turn back time with this breakthrough cosmetic skin resurfacing treatment. Gentle exfoliation helps with elasticity, texture, fine lines and wrinkles, the stimulations of collagen, and improves the overall health of your skin. It can also minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, sun damage and hyper pigmentation. Every treatment is followed by our healing and regenerative oxygen blast, leaving your skin radiant and rejuvenated.

It’s important that you have a consultation with an esthetician if you’ve never had a microderm. It’s not as effective in treating congenital skin defects, most moles, pigmented birthmarks, deep wrinkles, stretch marks, deep acne scars, or scars caused by burns. But it works on all skin colors and It makes subtle changes, causing no skin color change or scarring. It works best on things like age spots and dull skin.

The best part is that it doesn’t require any downtime or things like numbing cream. You can come in, get a treatment, and leave with fresh, soft skin! It’s a very simple process with immediate results.


More questions? Stop in, call, or drop us an email.


Skincare Tips…

Many of you are asking, “How often should I use this…or how often should I do that?” So let me break it down.  Here is a basic outline of what I would tell my clients.  Please keep in mind this is a basic guideline and if you have a specific skin condition this may be more or less.

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How often should you wash your face?
2 times a day is ideal.  If you over wash you can strip your skin of natural oils.  Always wash for a minimum of 45 seconds to make sure you are actually cleaning all the impurities off of your skin. It is also important to wash your face with warm (not hot) water.  This will help open your pores for a deeper clean. Also, cleansing your skin more than twice a day can strip your skin of its natural oils and can actually cause your skin to produce MORE oil. Even if you are prone to breakouts or have super oily skin you should still only wash your face morning and night.


How often should you exfoliate?
2-3 times a week.  If you over exfoliate you can actually cause small scratches on your skin which can result in hyperpigmentation (little brown spots).  Try to stay away from scrubs that contain harsh exfoliants such as crushed walnuts, especially if you have sensitive skin.    Try to choose a exfoliant that is an enzyme.  Like Cosmedix pure enzymes http://www.cosmedix.com/products/pure-enzymes-exfoliating-mask


How often should you wear sunscreen?
Every day.  Even if you do not plan on going outside you can still get sun damage through car and house windows. EVERY DAY!!!  If you are outside for long periods of time, it is also important to re-apply!!


How often should you clean your makeup brushes?
At least once a month.

Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly will extend the shelf life of your makeup and help prevent the spread of bacteria, which can cause nasty side effects such as eye infections, acne and skin irritation. Learn how to proplerly clean your brushes here: http://makeupblog.janeiredale.com/blog/2012/02/01/how-to-clean-your-makeup-brushes/

Hope this is helpful!!